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    It’s become more vital than ever to understand and learn about the world’s oldest living culture, and pleasingly it feels like the hunger to do so is only on the up.

    In excellent news for 2021, the popular Yagan Square Nyumbi returns to the Perth cultural hub from January 8 2021, after being halted earlier in the year due to the onset of the pandemic.

    ‘Nyumbi’ means celebration dance in the Nyoongar language, and these free events in the Yagan Square Amphitheatre will provide a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Aboriginal culture as performers share rich stories of their history.

    From 5.30pm the general public are invited to watch a smoking ceremony followed by a celebration dance, with troupes changing each week ensuring something unique every Friday.

    You can even join the performers, meet them and take photos at the end of sessions, along with keeping an eye out for a range of Aboriginal tour guides operating in the area – more info is available at the WA Visitor Centre on William Street.

    At the time of launching the series, Aboriginal Affairs and Land Minister Ben Wyatt said, “This is an exciting opportunity for people to have an important, memorable and enriching experience of Western Australia’s Noongar culture and history.”

    With Tourism Minister Paul Papalia adding, “Aboriginal tourism is a growing sector and it’s important to offer touchpoints for visitors to engage with cultural experiences…

    “Events such as this one also play an important part in creating a vibrant atmosphere and add to the mix of attractions and activities for people spending time in the area.”

    Yagan Square Nyumbi runs from 5.30-6.15pm every Friday through to 16 April 2021, and is free to attend.

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